Last week, Walt Disney World raised prices across the resort on single-day tickets, annual passes, and even preferred parking. And now, just a few days later, Universal Orlando Resort has followed its next-door neighbor and has quietly raised its own prices as well.
As of now, a one-day, one-park “value” ticket for Universal Orlando Resort now costs $110, up $5 from last year. Guests who want to purchase a one-day, park-to-park ticket (which includes Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, but not Volcano Bay) will now have to pay $165, up $10 from the previous price point.
Like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort uses a demand-based pricing system, and guests who visit during the summer and holiday “peak” season will now pay $124 for a one-day, one-park ticket and $179 for a one-day, park-to-park ticket.
Interestingly, while Walt Disney World raises prices on both regular tickets and annual passes at the same time, Universal typically splits their price hikes, with annual pass prices holding steady for now, but expected to rise later this year.
However, even though we now know what kind of prices to expect at the gate of Universal Orlando Resort, there are some other things guests who want to visit this resort should probably know as well now that this new pricing scheme is in effect:
1. The “regular” season might be going away forever
While we already know that Universal Orlando Resort has three different “tiers” of ticket prices based on expected crowd level, a quick look at the official park calendar reveals an interesting anomaly: there doesn't seem to be any "regular" priced days from now until August 2017. Instead, everything looks to fall in either the "value" or "peak" season, which seems strange, and could indicate that Universal is considering getting rid of the mid-level "regular" tier.
While it's possible that the "regular" pricing tier could come back in the fall, with such a wide swath of dates in the spring and summer, it seems odd that Universal is seemingly skipping over this mid-priced option for the first half of 2017, and we wouldn't be surprised if it quietly disappears from Universal's website in the coming weeks.
2. Food and beverage prices are up around the resort as well
Over the past few weeks (ever since January) Universal has also quietly been increasing the prices of various food and beverage items around the resort. While prices are up on over a dozen snack and drink items, the most notable increase was on fan favorite Wizarding World of Harry Potter beverage Butterbeer, as prices on all three versions (straight, hot and frozen) of this popular drink have increased by a full dollar, now costing $6.99, up from $5.99.